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Tropical Storm Lee: One Year Later

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed in last September’s flood.

Snyder’s Sweet Corn near Montoursville is almost unrecognizable in pictures from last year.

“All our field crops, maze, pumpkins, it was all destroyed,” said Scott Snyder.

One year later, customers are back buying corn at the farm in Lycoming County. All that is left of the September flood is a picture, the water line on the side of the building and memories.

“We had to tear everything out, we threw away 85% of the inventory,” said Amy Snyder.

Snyder’s Country Pet Food is just feet away from the farm. Owner Amy Snyder said she sold dog food from a trailer for two months after the flood so her customers could still get what they need. Both of the family owned businesses are now back up and running.

“We lost a lot, but there are people who lost more. We were fortunate enough to put the pieces back together,” said Amy.

Just about a mile up Route 87, the Slabtown Bridge was also destroyed in last year’s flood. The bridge was actually a replacement bridge for the one that was destroyed in 1972, and now it is being replaced again.

Crews are installing 57-ton beams, and PennDOT said the Slabtown Bridge is scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving.

Officials in Lycoming County said last year’s flooding was historic. Close to 100 homes were destroyed, and hundreds more had major damage. Amy Snyder said it was inspiring to see strangers come together to help each other.

“It’s nice. A lot of people came out. It was great to see the people who came out and helped everybody,” said Amy.

The Snyders said it will take about two more years to get the corn crop back to where it was before the flood of 2011.



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